Did Someone Say Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is the precursor to bile. Bile plays a vital role in digestion.
Cholesterol gets converted inside your cells into testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, and other critical protective hormones. In addition, cholesterol in your skin gets converted into vitamin D.
I am not a doctor; this is not medical or health advice. But before you take a statin (cholesterol-lowering drug) or follow popular dietary advice to reduce cholesterol production, you may politely ask those advising you whether they know the numerous roles cholesterol plays, crucial to metabolic function.
If your cholesterol is high, it can signify that you need to sufficiently convert what your body produces into the more highly protective substances mentioned above, required for optimal metabolic health. These substances play a significant role in protecting you from degeneration and disease.
For cholesterol to convert into protective hormones in sufficient amounts, your thyroid energy metabolism needs to function well.
A common sign that thyroid function is less than optimal (regardless of blood test results suggesting otherwise) is rising exposure to a wide range of symptoms. It includes difficulty keeping hands and feet warm, thinning hair, insomnia, anxiety, depression, difficulty losing weight, difficulty gaining muscle, digestive issues of all kinds, skin disorders, lack of energy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, as well as various “autoimmune” conditions.
Insufficient sugar intake in the face of stress can interfere with cholesterol production and thyroid status and reduce the proper conversion of cholesterol into anti-stress, anti-inflammatory hormones.
Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), including fish oil, directly suppress thyroid function on several physiological levels.
Soon after you remove sugar from your diet, one of the first things that happen is that your cortisol rises. Increased cortisol secretion interferes with thyroid function and energy metabolism in many ways.
Many foods described as “high in sugar” are often filled with PUFAs, other harmful chemicals, and gums. In addition, it is common for a large proportion of the sugar to come from pure glucose or starch, which can be problematic concerning digestion and metabolism. It is especially true in combination with the PUFAs and when metabolic function and digestion are already compromised.
White sugar, honey, sweet ripe fruit, milk, and to a lesser degree, various starchy vegetables are typically good sources of sugar.
One reason you might crave sugar when you remove it from your diet is not that it is addictive in any meaningful sense but ultimately because it is essential to protect against stress and for optimal thyroid function.
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